om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \

Definition of omnibus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers : bus took a seat on the omnibus
2 : a book containing reprints of a number of works (as of a single author or on a single subject) The omnibus contained all of the author's short stories.



Definition of omnibus (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items an omnibus bill

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The adjective omnibus may not have much to do with public transportation, but the noun omnibus certainly does—it not only means "bus," but it's also the word English speakers shortened to form bus. The noun omnibus originated in the 1820s as a French word for long, horse-drawn vehicles that transported people along the main thoroughfares of Paris. Shortly thereafter, omnibuses—and the noun omnibus—arrived in New York. But in Latin, omnibus simply means "for all." Our adjective omnibus, which arrived in the mid-1800s, seems to hark back to that Latin omnibus, though it may also have been at least partially influenced by the English noun. An "omnibus bill" containing numerous provisions, for example, could be likened to a bus loaded with people.

Examples of omnibus in a Sentence

Adjective an omnibus edition of his more popular stories the president's state of the union speech is usually an omnibus look at the issues that the country is confronting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The omnibus will provide funding through fiscal year 2022, which started in October. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Maybe all that was missing, until this newest movie, was the one-volume omnibus, the career retrospective packed into two hours. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 Zelenskiy has proved successful in convincing Congress to push the White House further, as demonstrated by the inclusion of aid to Ukraine in last week’s omnibus appropriations package that was several billion dollars more than originally expected. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2022 The good news is that the omnibus provides $145 billion for military procurement—$12.4 billion more than Mr. Biden’s request—including $26.7 billion for 13 battle-force ships, $8.5 billion for 85 F-35s and $2.3 billion for 14 KC-46 tankers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 House Democrats introduced a government funding stopgap Monday that would extend current spending levels through March 11 as appropriators continue to negotiate topline spending levels for a fiscal 2022 omnibus bill. al, 7 Feb. 2022 Kim made her acting debut in a 2017 omnibus film, Project With The Same Name, playing a woman who was recently involved in a break-up. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Councilman Mike Polensek asked whether certain non-controversial expenses, such as buying new ambulances, could be pulled out of the mayor’s omnibus plan and put to a council vote as soon as possible. Robin Goist, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 The debt limit increase could be spun into a reconciliation or omnibus. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The funding project is a historic omnibus appropriations agreement that responds directly to some of the most pressing needs in Washington Heights, Inwood, Harlem, East Harlem and the Bronx. Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Like Sergei Loznitsa’s recently rereleased ‘Donbass,’ though less sprawling in scope and more intimate in feel, this omnibus work functions as both a lament and a prophecy. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 In this omnibus volume, Nimrod stands up to defend multiculturalism, pluralities, and tolerance—a crucial voice at this time. Farah Abdessamad, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Instead of waiting around for Congress to pass giant omnibus bills and hoping for budgetary table scraps, last Tuesday the Georgia Ports Authority approved $538 million in new projects. Dominic Pino, National Review, 1 Apr. 2022 The Senate passed the spending bill, known as an omnibus, late Thursday on a bipartisan vote of 68-31, after having passed three previous stopgap funding bills to keep the government running in the meantime. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Your favorite hard seltzer flavor may be pulled from grocery stores under the Utah Legislature’s omnibus alcohol bill. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 On Tuesday, Congress released an omnibus budget for 2022. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 Mar. 2022 Even though the full legislation didn’t pass, the liaison position proposal ended up becoming law after it was included in the larger omnibus budget bill. Chris Aadland, oregonlive, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of omnibus


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnibus

Noun and Adjective

French, from Latin, for all, dative plural of omnis

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“Omnibus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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om·​ni·​bus | \ ˈäm-ni-ˌbəs How to pronounce omnibus (audio) \
plural omnibuses

Kids Definition of omnibus

: bus

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